Rochdale Blackwater Street

Rochdale Blackwater Street

Rochdale Blackwater Street

Rochdale Blackwater Street, photo from Harold Howarth

Are the windows being held in with scaffolding? probably tied into the rear of the building and holding the front on. Some people say health & safety has gone mad these days but Im glad I don’t have to walk in front of that shop everyday lol





  Rob Travis looks like a Commer van or is it a Ford Thames …. not sure ?
2 September 2013 at 00:29


2 September 2013 at 09:22


  Mildred Fielding THE WING WHA was the best Chinese around
2 September 2013 at 11:02


  Janette M Plain Blackwater Street ran parallel to Toad Lane and the road to the right is Lord Street. This is looking up Blackwater Street towards St Marys Gate.They have pulled all this down now, so that’s why you can’t fathom where it is.
2 September 2013 at 01:00


  Andre Wilson Can someone please put an old street map of Rochdale on this page so that us ex.pats can try & remember places and Street locations. Andre – South Aust.
2 September 2013 at 11:19


  Elizabeth Macpherson I’ve been looking for one Andre (well on the net). A lot changed in the very early ’70’s when I was 10 – so I need a map to try & get my bearings
2 September 2013 at 12:01


  Andre Wilson Thanks Elizabeth – I lived on Manchester Road opposite the convent when I was about 13 years old and sang in the Church choir at St. Aidans. I moved around England with my work and finally left for Australia with my family in December 1972. I have only been back to Rochdale once since then – in 2008. I can recognize many of the ‘great’ photos but some times I can’t remember the particular street to get a picture of the place. Andre – South. Aust.
2 September 2013 at 12:15


  Phil Burke Blackwater Street
2 September 2013 at 00:40


  Lilian Mullane My dad had a pet shop on the left hand side about 4 doors up across the road was a shop that sold studs to put in belts etc
2 September 2013 at 10:38


  John Lord Lilian, the stud shop was on the same side as the tackle shop, a few doors down. It was run by an old lady who seemed to be about 100 years old. Sold all kinds of leather goods, still remember the smell. Across from that was the surgical supply shop and the market parking lot.
2 September 2013 at 18:42


  Mark Hayes Does anyone remember a chinese restaurant somewhere near that roundabout use to go there in about 1972 I am sure
2 September 2013 at 18:12


  Ian B Graham The Wing Wah i think ?
15 September 2013 at 21:59


  David Crabtree I remember the restaurant, yes it was called the Wing Wah!
25 November 2013 at 03:40


  Joyce Jones It was brill too!
28 June 2014 at 22:36


  Joe Kozarzewski looks like bacup now
31 October 2013 at 17:27


  William Graham Lees these are excellent photos phil they bring a lot of memories back to people of a certain age because as time passes by it is sometimes hard to remember where everything actually was
2 September 2013 at 22:46


  William Graham Lees blackwater street no 12 Spotland bus went up it always felt has if it was going to tip over when it turned left onto spotland road
2 September 2013 at 22:40


  Lilian Mullane In between Blackwater st and Toad lane was the Brickcroft working men’s club and on the corner in toad lane was woods clothing shop
2 September 2013 at 22:22


  Lilian Mullane John the tackle shop was towers
2 September 2013 at 22:02


  Keith Rothwell aha, im too young to have seen this in fact, not born even!
2 September 2013 at 17:49


  Mike Royds it is commer van
2 September 2013 at 13:34


  Jean Pickersgill Still have the Bills for furniture we bought from Pilkies 1960’s? It is the bottom of Blackwater Street. The old Salvation Army Citadel was to the left?
2 September 2013 at 11:50


  Jenny Went Blackwater St. I can smell the fish place half way up on the left hand side
2 September 2013 at 09:41


  Anne Gorton wing wha did 3 course lunch for 4 shilling and sixpence.
2 September 2013 at 09:02


  Elizabeth Macpherson I need an old map!
2 September 2013 at 01:24


  Gordon Monks Try Touchstones. They have reproductions of the 1908 Rochdale Ordnance Survey map on sale. Alternatively, there are a couple of suppliers on ebay.
2 September 2013 at 06:21


  Elizabeth Macpherson thx Gordon, I will give the place a visit – haven’t been since the library was moved.
2 September 2013 at 08:31


  Lilian Mullane Next door to the solicitors was the Wing Wha Chinese restaurant
2 September 2013 at 08:30


  William Graham Lees What it doesn’t show is how steep Blackwater street was
2 September 2013 at 07:19


  Dale Butterworth On the upper floors of pilkingtons
2 September 2013 at 07:14


  Dale Butterworth I think they are talking about the metal cages fitted over the windows to stop people breaking in or people getting out.
2 September 2013 at 07:13


  Gordon Monks Standing on this spot today, you would be on Newgate, almost under the Bielefeld Bridge (from the market to Newgate House).
2 September 2013 at 06:23


  John Woolfenden no old clock face was on lord street
2 September 2013 at 05:47


  John Woolfenden what scaffolding????.
2 September 2013 at 05:43


  Vincent Kelly The building after Pilkington’s would be the Clock Face pub?
2 September 2013 at 04:13


  Meg Barlow I think as u went past Pillkington’s S u were going up Theresa’s a pub called duke f Wellington? Am I right?
2 September 2013 at 00:57


  Meg Barlow Blackwater street
2 September 2013 at 00:55


  Meg Barlow Its backwater street
2 September 2013 at 00:54


  Elizabeth Macpherson Is it looking towards cheetham st?
2 September 2013 at 00:52


  Elizabeth Macpherson Eeh the solicitors haven’t moved far Phil
2 September 2013 at 00:49


  Elizabeth Macpherson Argh it’s driving my brain mad
2 September 2013 at 00:41


  Rosina Mason-Parker Bailey street to the right…I think..
2 September 2013 at 00:27


  Rosina Mason-Parker Bottom of Water street ???
2 September 2013 at 00:26


  Rob Travis lost me ? where is it ?
2 September 2013 at 00:21


  Keith Rothwell sorry i cant place this picture.
2 September 2013 at 00:20

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